Release Day with Lexi George & W*n, Y’all

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Now…drum roll…
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar is out today! One of the great things about being an author is meeting other authors. I read Lexi George’s debut book, Demon Hunting in Dixie, before I met her, so I had envisioned her as this sassy Southern woman with a wicked sense of humor. And I was totally right. I was also surprised to learn she lived less than an hour away and spends her days as an appellate lawyer. Which, now that I think about it, probably requires a highly developed sense of the absurd. You can learn more about Lexi at her website
The Demon Hunting series (the second book is Demon Hunting in the Deep South) is set in the tiny (or as one might say in Alabama, tee-niny) town of Hannah, Alabama, so I asked Lexi if she could offer us a peek at things to see and do in Hannah. I also grew up in a tee-niny Alabama town (population, at its peak, was less than 3,000), so I can tell you she pretty well nails it, except for the part about sexy demon hunters who get drunk on chocolate. I only wish…
Take it away, Lexi!
Ten Things To Do If You’re In Hannah, Alabama

Lexi George

1.       Eat at the Sweet Shop Café and Grill, home of slap-’yo-Mama-good vittles made fresh from scratch every day. Del Williams makes the best barbeque in Behr County, and as for his fried chicken—mmmwah! It’s a religious experience. His lovely wife, Miz Vi, concocts a chocolate pie that will melt in your mouth, piled high with homemade meringue, the fluffy, white peaks lightly toasted under the broiler to sugary perfection. But look out if you see a demon hunter amongst the diners. Demon hunters can’t handle their chocolate. Get a Dalvahni demon hunter drunk on chocolate and look out.

2.       Visit the Kut ʾN Kurl and get your hair ‘did. ’ Jeannine carries a full line of Fiona Fix-it products that work magic on your hair. No, really. Magic. These products are fae-tastic.

3.      Stop by Flowers by Adara and say hey to Addy, the owner. Pay no attention to the tall, dark and handsome hunk of a demon hunter glowering in the corner. That’s just Brand. I’m not kidding.  Pay no attention to him. Brand is Addy’s husband, and she’s the tee-nin-siest bit jealous. Put the move on Brand, and Addy will open up a can of Behr County whoopass on you.

4.      Swing by Corwin’s Serenity Chapel and check out the action. Find out the latest gossip while mumbling politely over the dearly departed. Funerals are BYOSC: bring your own Solo cup. There’s always someone in the back parking lot with a cooler of beer and a bucket of fried chicken or a ham sammich to share. The funeral parlor has always been the place to find out what’s going on. For instance, did you hear about Shirley Farris? That old philandering husband of hers died and she removed his mister to keep him from messing around on her in the afterlife.

5.      On your way out of Corwin’s, stop by the office and make Miss Bitsy an offer. No, not that kind of offer. Offer to buy the place. Corwin’s has been up for sale ever since Shep, Bitsy’s son and Hannah’s sole undertaker, hooked up with an emotion sucking, intergalactic hoochie mama named Lenora. Bitsy blames Lenora for Shep’s decision to give up undertaking to follow his muse. Bitsy does not approve of Lenora or the muse. Lenora wears a string dress and does the hoochie coochie at the drop of a hat. Ladies do not wear strings dresses and they most certainly do not do the hoochie coochie. Ever. (See Rule 12 of the Bitsy Handbook on Southern Lady-tude).  As for the muse, Bitsy says it’s just a phase Shep’s going through. She hopes.

6.      Run the dunes out at the abandoned quarry in your pickup truck. But don’t stay after dark. That’s when the Sand People come out.

7.      Need to locate someone or something? Visit the Hannah art gallery and say hello to Mr. Collier. Mr. Collier can find anything with his contrabulator, especially demons. He made the device himself out of a couple of coat hangers. Interested in cigarette art?  Mullet Woman has an Elvis she’ll gladly sell you. Or maybe you’re interested in a tasteful nude. Shep Corwin has dozens of nekked pictures of his succubus girlfriend on display. But don’t tell Bitsy. Ladies don’t pose nekked. (See Rule 23 of the handbook.)

8.      Have a drink at Beck’s, a demonoid dive bar outside of town with a scenic view of the Devil River. Don’t bother going if you’re not a super. No norms allowed at Beck’s. You’d never find the place anyway. It’s equipped with a repel spell to keep out unwanteds, and a bouncer with a nose like a bloodhound. Toby Littleton can smell a norm a mile away. If you do make it inside, enjoy the music of Beelzebubba, the rockabilly band. But watch out for the Skinners. Look up the definition of ‘white trash’ in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of a Skinner. They’re shifters and mean drunks.

9.      Slip inside the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church and enjoy the beautiful, unearthly music provided by the church organist, Junior Peterson. Junior is a ghost. He was forced to relocate when his family home burned to the ground. He’s looking for a new home. Interested? Make sure you have a grand piano, and that it’s properly tuned. Junior has a degree from Vanderbilt in music and very exacting standards.

10.  Drive out to Sardine Bridge at midnight and holler Ha-a-zel, three times and a watery ghost will rise from the creek. But don’t cuss. Hazel can’t abide foul language. Cuss and she’ll give you an ectoplasmic colon cleanse.

Those are just the highlights. There’s plenty more to do in Hannah, so y’all come. 
Thanks, Lexi, and Ha! I understood every word of that. Did you? Leave a comment telling me a Southernism you didn’t understand or hadn’t heard before, and we’ll explain the mystery of talking Southern.
Lexi’s offering copies of Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar (or an earlier book in the series if it’s new to you) to five lucky commenters. So, get to talkin’ y’all!

72 thoughts on “Release Day with Lexi George & W*n, Y’all

  1. “She removed his mister to keep him from messing around on her in the afterlife”. LOL. Never heard that one before. Think I’ll have to check out the Demon Hunting books. Thanks Lexi & Suzanne.

  2. Best. Post. Ever. Don’t forget to watch out for Dooley the talking Labrador and Mr. Fluffy Fauntleroy, the flying fairy cat. Lexi has sprinkled plenty of fun “critters” all over Hannah!

  3. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the post. Suzanne gave me the idea. Does she rock, or what? I’d forgotten about the lipstick on a pig quote. Love that! I always enjoy being here, and I’m uber excited about release day! Book 3 . . . I made it! Sometimes, I had my doubts, between work and the teenage diva!

  4. I haven’t stopped laughing yet! LOL!!! This post is hilarious, and is just a snippet of the super writing and humor awaiting anyone who picks up a Lexi George book!

    Congratulations on your new release, Lexi!!

  5. This series is HILARIOUS!!! I’m a Southerner, and I recognize far too many of the colorful sayings Lexi uses in her books, lol.

  6. nekked= naked but i’m unsure about what means hoochie

    I love this description ^^ i wouldn’t taking a few day break in such a small but interesting city ( oki the break woudn’t be really restful but hey ^^ i can bring Belgian chocolate to spice up things^^)

    I don’t know this series but you really made me want to learn more about it. A big thanks to Lexi for offering us such a great giveaway too

  7. Miki, the hoochie coochie is provocative dancing, the kind that gets folks riled up and their hormones racing. Lenora, being a sexual thrall, excels at the hoochie coochie.

  8. Thank you, Rashda! I’m blessed to be here celebrating with such great folks. 🙂 Many, many thanks to the fabulous Suzanne Johnson for inviting me here. She’s always so supportive and kind.

  9. Great post ladies! I’m still laughing. I LOVE Southernisms and this series is hilarious and full of them. What really cracks me up are the demons trying to figure out what the heck these colorful characters are talking about.
    It was a pleasure meeting you both Sat.

  10. Sienny, are you still wondering about the hoochie coochie? Think of it as a lap dance or a strip tease. Hope that clears it up!

  11. This post is hilarious! I guess every region has their sayings. My mom always said, ” The acorn doesn’t fall from the tree.” when there was a pattern of misbehavior or dress she didn’t approve. I have enjoyed the first two books in this series very much and I’m looking forward to book 3. Thanks for the contest.

  12. Liz, we say that here, too, only with our accent, it comes out “akern,” instead of a-corn. Here’s another one about acorns: Even a blind pig will find an acorn every now and then.

  13. Understood every turn of phrase. I’m craving a ham sammich thank you very much. Love your writing and looking forward to diving into the dive bar. My husband sometimes says I’m a supernatural pain in the keester. Will that get me in?

    • Lisa, I was trying to think of a name for a demonoid band in a supernatural bar, and Beelzebubba just popped up!

  14. I’m a very transplanted Southerner. I grew up listening to “Southern-ism’s”. Y’all made perfect sense to me. I can’t wait to read this book!

  15. You got it, Meda. Got a character in mind with your name on it. Different series, but you know writers. Always thinking about the next thing!

  16. I am not even from the South but I understood everything. I am from NW Missouri. Alot of these Southern-ism’s we either use or I have heard them in movies or books also. This series sounds really cool. Thanks for the post.

  17. I have to admit I understood it all even though Im technically from the Midwest. But as for things I dont understand one of them is vittles. mean I know what it means and I can translate. Just where though did that come from is what I dont get, why use it.

  18. I’ve been living in Florida for eight years and I think I have most of the unusual (to me) language down by now. I don’t have any trouble understanding “Southernisms,” but I do think they’re a lot of fun.

  19. Wow there were so many words I did not know as I’m not American but most of them were answered in the earlier comments. I would actually want to hear someone talk like that sometime to me. Thanks for the post! 😉

  20. Ouch English made me hard to learn it at my age now because pity me not learn it well when my mom asked me to study English and now what Shoutern then?
    Yes sometimes found so many words that I don’t understand example from highlander book

    What a great post and congrts on the release 🙂

  21. I loved this!!! I think I knew everything that was posted because I speak Southern.I live in South MS and some of us talk like that! I love this series especially because it is set in the South!!

  22. Hi Lexi! I had the privilege of reading the first book in the series and I have to say, I have never laughed so much in my life! I loved it!!! I can’t wait to read the new book, although I am one book behind. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and the amusing post. Fingers crossed that I win **LOL**!!

    • Hey, Barb! Glad you enjoyed the first book. Book 2 is Evie’s and Ansgar’s story, so be sure to check it out.

  23. Well, I don’t live that far south, but I did manage to understand everything. And I really want to read this series, it sounds so fun 🙂
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  24. As a Southerner, I understood it all! My poor daughter always says after she has been at home from college for the weekend that several of her northern friends always tease her and tell her they can always tell if she has been at home. She will slip and use the word “poke” for a paper bag or “dope” for a soft drink. I always tell her to work “bus left” into the conversation to really get them going.

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    • My daughter goes to school in Mobile, hardly what you’d call north, in any way, shape, or fashion. Imagine my surprise, then, when we met her roommate freshman year (a girl from Louisiana, of all places!), and she squealed, “I love your accent!” upon meeting me. 🙂

  25. What a fun post, and the book sounds great. Having spent 10 years in Florida, southernisms don’t usually throw me, but the funniest thing about living there was that I started saying y’all in my New Jersey accent. Even now, after 25 years in CA, a y’all still slips out occasionally.

  26. This was fun, I can understand most things. And the one I have no clue what it is, is probably not even Southern: bring your own Solo cup. What is a Solo cup?

  27. Thanks for the fun post!! Now I’m definitely up for a road trip 🙂 Congrats to Lexi on her new release. I’m dying to read these!